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[li-guhs-truh m]
  1. any of various shrubs or trees belonging to the genus Ligustrum, of the olive family, comprising the privets.
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Origin of ligustrum

< New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin: privet
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Historical Examples

  • On the 27th of August, 1884, branches of the ligustrum coated with wax were brought to me.

    Three Years in Western China

    Alexander Hosie

  • Ligustrum ovalifolium, ovalifolium elegantissimum, and vulgare.

  • Ligustrum (Privet) ovalifolium foliis aureis, the best variegated shrub for hedges and for rough usage.

  • The vegetation is precisely the same as at Juggur, with the exception of a Ligustrum, which is common along the nullah.

  • Turner in 1538 says, "ligustrum arbor est non herba ut literatorū vulgus credit; nihil que minus est quam a Prymerose."